Tagged With "Middle East"

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So, what’s it worth ?

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares a discussion and thoughts on the value of things using a memorable experience in Yemen.
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Greece hopes for tourist boom on Mideast fears

PHeymont ·
Greece, which a year ago was losing tourist business because of fears of economic crisis, lack of cash in ATMs and possible disorder, is hoping to have a better time this year as crises in the Middle East kill tourism business there. Greece is...
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Re: So, what’s it worth ?

Travel Luver ·
Great story, Bob!
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Re: So, what’s it worth ?

DrFumblefinger ·
No one spins a travel yarn quite like Robert Cranwell! Enjoyed this one. Podcast is worth listening to as well, everyone.
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GarryRF ·
A familiar story when travelling in those countries we know little of. But the eagerness of the Police to put it right was assuring to others that follow. Perhaps we're not that well advanced. An interesting story and educational too.
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Care in the Community

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares some insights into generosity and charity, using a story behind the photo to illustrate his thoughtful observations.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 5, 2015: Spice Market, Dubai

IslandMan ·
    Markets are fascinating places, whatever country, town or village you may be in. The smells, sights and wares on offer are a delight for the eyes and nose alike. The souk in the old part of Dubai was a particularly interesting one that I...
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Help Wanted: Australia seeking canine penguin guards

PHeymont ·
Australian authorities are seeking two puppies to grow into an unusual job: bodyguard for penguins. They'll get two summers of training by the dogs who have the job now, and then take over keeping foxes off small Middle Island, off Warnambool on...
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A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
It is nearly impossible to visit Saudi Arabia. If you have a business there, you can travel on a business visa. If you are going to visit Mecca on a hajj (pilgrimage), you can get a visa. Otherwise, you have to be an invited guest of the government....
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Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

PHeymont ·
The good news: The Great Barrier Reef is no longer one of the most endangered World Heritage sites. The bad news: a number of World Heritage sites in the Middle East have been damaged or destroyed either by ISIS or general war damage. And the worst...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 13, 2014: A Bronze Market in Basel

PHeymont ·
Artistic taste, perhaps, but not very tasty! These kids are admiring a market table of fruits and vegetables...all cast in bronze! We ran into this in the cloister garden of the Basel Munster (cathedral). So far, all I have found in explanation is...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar.4th 2014: Dubai Water Taxi

IslandMan ·
  Taxis are an essential for any city, regardless of location or size, and they come in many different forms depending where in the world you are.   At the heart of  Dubai 's old city lies Al Khor (The Creek), a wide saltwater...
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow! Thanks for this fascinating contribution, Lestertheinvestor. I was exhausted just from reading the directions for applying for the visa. It is quite obvious that Saudi Arabia doesn't want infidels visiting them. A few questions you might know the answer to: 1) Is the process stream-lined for a Muslim wanting to go to Mecca, and what kind of proof do they need to have that they're a Muslim? 2) Do you have any rough idea how many hours you spent on this process? Ball-park guess would do.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
1) The process is easier for a Muslim who is going on a hajj. However, unless you are native born, you must present a document from the Imam of your mosque documenting your status as a Muslim in good standing. For a Caucasian woman who is a converted Muslim, you must still get permission from your husband or a male relative, along with the letter from the mosque to allow you to make the hajj. 2) Between my wife and I (she actually presented our documents each time to the consulate in Los...
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Travel Luver ·
What a bureaucratic nightmare! I wonder if there are countries that make it harder to visit than this one?
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

Lestertheinvestor ·
Originally Posted by Travel Luver: What a bureaucratic nightmare! I wonder if there are countries that make it harder to visit than this one? My wife and I have visited 119 countries, with China, Bhutan and Saudi Arabia the most challenging to enter.
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Re: A visit to Saudi Arabia: Part I

HistoryDigger ·
My husband and I were invited to live there for two years while he did a medical fellowship in genetics. The challenge for me was that I am a very independent traveler, and I could not imagine how I would deal with the restrictions on women. In the end, those restrictions influenced our decision to go to Germany for two years instead. However, after having seen your photos, I am curious to see more. I regret that I do not know this part of the world.
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Re: Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy traveling to UNESCO sites because most of them are very interesting destinations. I even know of some travelers whose goal it is to see "every" UNESCO listing. Good luck to them! I really think UNESCO is doing it's job by identifying important places and encouraging their conservation. I shudder at the thought of a global UNESCO police swooping in to "defend" these sites. It's up to the countries that govern them to do so. Some do a great job; others don't. Some citizens care, others...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar.4th 2014: Dubai Water Taxi

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a great image, Islandman! I really enjoy photos of people going about their every day lives in different locations about the world, a reminder to me how much more alike we all are than different. This photo is made more interesting by their obviously ethnic diversity -- people who have come to Dubai for a good job and to improve their lot in life. The contrast of the old wooden taxi and modern skyscrapers in the background is great!
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